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Wednesday March 20 2013
Italy shirt numbers for Brazil

Roma’s Daniel Pablo Osvaldo will wear the No 10 shirt for Italy against Brazil, while Mattia De Sciglio has ‘avoided’ Paolo Maldini’s legendary No 3.

Juventus’ Sebastian Giovinco has worn the 10 for Italy in the recent past, but he’s opted for his current club No 12.

Milan left-back De Sciglio, who has been likened to Maldini, has been given the No 5. Genoa’s Luca Antonelli will wear the No 3 instead after that became available because of Giorgio Chiellini’s injury.

Italy face the World Cup 2014 hosts in a Geneva friendly on Thursday.

Goalkeepers: 1 Buffon, 24 De Sanctis, 25 Marchetti, 26 Sirigu.

Defenders: 7 Abate, 3 Antonelli, 13 Astori, 15 Barzagli, 19 Bonucci, 5 De Sciglio, 2 Maggio, 17 Ranocchia.

Midfielders: 20 Candreva, 4 Cerci, 16 De Rossi, 22 Diamanti, 23 Giaccherini, 8 Marchisio, 18 Montolivo, 21 Pirlo, 6 Poli.

Attackers: 9 Balotelli, 14 El Shaarawy, 11 Gilardino, 12 Giovinco, 10 Osvaldo.

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